Podcamp Warm-Up

Sure, you were expecting words about the iPhone 4s. Don’t you worry friends, you will get them in due time. But first, let’s bring it back to me for a minute.

Tomorrow (or Monday, October 17th) I’m going to be presenting to a group of facilitators in Arizona about Podcasting. This will be the first talk that I have given since the last Podcamp AZ and it will serve as a warm-up to this years event.

Unlike last year where I gave one talk and that was that, this year I’m giving a talk **and** leading a session about Podcasting. The talk will be similiar to last years, hopefully with a little more polish and dotted-t’s. Unlike last year, I’m co-hosting a session in which the participants will _actually make a podcast_! That’s right, recorded audio, with a proper intro and closing, uploaded to a web site and available for download in iTunes.

For this weeks talk, I’m going to be giving a hybrid session. Talk about podcasting and a demonstration on how to actually create said podcast. I will be recording it as well, just like last year, and my new, handy dandy, the The Flip Mino HD.

The biggest part of my talk is to avoid distractions. We, as proper nerds know, that nothing kills time and draws focus away from something quicker than a fussy process. Sweating themes, microphones, plugins, and the lot take much away from the actual record-something-and-uploading-it process of podcasting. To show how non-fussy of a process it can actually be, I’ve created a site for this purpose: IMadeAPodcast.com. I know, I can hardly believe it was available too.

That site is as close to a bone-stock installation of WordPress as one can have to run a podcast. There are only 3 plugins running and I’m using the stock theme. In fact, the show that is there right now was even uploaded using the WordPress media uploader.

No fuss, no muss.

In order to be a podcaster, one must create a podcast. In order to create a podcast, one must be a podcaster. Not a nerd. Not a developer. Just someone enthusiastic about something, anything, enough to want to spread the word to others that are equally enthusiastic about the same thing.

Podcamp this year is happening November 12-13 at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. Full details can be found at podcampaz.org. If you are looking to get into podcasting or want to learn more about Social Media, this is definitely the conference for you. Best part is the price. FREE!

If anyone is interested in attending the session on Monday night, hit me up in the comments and will see about getting you in. It’s happening in Downtown Phoenix at 5:30pm.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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